A beautiful summer in Vissio, the grapes hang off the vines full to bursting with generous rains and cured by warm bright days.
We open inside of a poorly lit and worse smelling bordello turned bar, some are even kind enough to say bar turned bordello. Solomon is petitioning Lucien to come with him to the Defosca family’s Summer Gala. Though Lucien cares not for the revelry of Noble’s they are interrupted by Old Giollotti’s somewhat strained entrance.
Giollotti is a hedge wizard and the town’s excuse for an apothecary. He implores the the two fledgling Godbound to retrieve an artifact from the ruins beneath the church.
Solomon proposes a deal, they will retrieve the artifact in exchange for Giollotti’s help getting them into the Summer Gala.
The artifact as it turns out is a foot long crystal that is used in the Summer festival to bless the surrounding lands with a fruitful harvest. Usually they go into the ruins and retrieve one from the many shelves of them in the ruins, as they have been doing for many years, but when that room had run out, and the young men of the village sent deeper into ruins to recover more, they heard terrible sounds. All but young Marco made it out.
At this time Sun Wen is with Donatillo, the village tanner, being escorted to the party so that she can meet with some of her late husband’s business associates.
Solomon recalls a family friend attending the Gala many years ago and hopes to find her daughter there so that he may show off his daring ways in the ruins. His hopes are dashed when, after meeting Sun at the part, she tells him of how her daughter became lost. In exchange for her help investigating the ruins, after recalling her masterful dueling prowess, Solomon promises that he and Lucien will help Sun find her daughter.